How you make them feel…

As an emerging leader I can’t help but absorb the leadership styles around me and use all my experiences over the years to establish how I want to lead.  In my six years of post-undergraduate work experience I’ve certainly run the gamut of interesting characters.  All of them had important skills which helped them get to a leadership position (whether they actually  deserved to be there remains to be seen).

Whether they were brilliant negotiators, fast thinkers, great salespersons, genius marketers or exceptional accountants, the one trait that most leaders lack is an ability to see how your actions will make others feel.

“People are disturbed not by things but by the view they take of them.  They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner

I can’t think of a more perfect quote to describe one aspect of how I will choose to lead.